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Offline martin12345

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Home Controller for Windows 8
« on: November 29, 2012, 03:38:43 am »
For all you folks who have upgraded to Windows 8, I have built a new controller for use with the Metro UI, called Home Controller. In particular, if you have a Surface or other Windows RT device, this is an invaluable way of controlling your system. You can find it in the app store here;

http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/en-US/app/home-controller/1a39d56a-2c3c-45ea-a2ad-191733c36f56

It supports the following devices:
Scenes
Switches
Dimmer Switches
Heating and Cooling controls
Locks
Window covers
Humidity sensors
Temperature sensors
Light sensors
Power meters
Webcams
and any other devices controlled using the same protocols.

It also features auto local/remote switching, and supports accounts with multiple Vera servers. There's a free 7 day trial too, so if you have Windows 8 give it a go.

Thanks

Martin



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Re: Home Controller for Windows 8
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2012, 05:21:50 am »
Hi Martin

Good to see a new app for Vera and Windows 8 / RT. I wrote about it on my blog here

CW..

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Re: Home Controller for Windows 8
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2012, 05:25:24 am »
Thanks Stuart. Nice post.

Martin

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Re: Home Controller for Windows 8
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2012, 07:53:37 pm »
Will check it out when I my Acer W700 arrives next week.
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Re: Home Controller for Windows 8
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2012, 04:32:58 pm »
Cool looking interface.  I'll load it on my tablet.
Any plans of porting it to the windows 8 phone?

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Re: Home Controller for Windows 8
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2012, 03:54:36 am »
Cool looking interface.  I'll load it on my tablet.
Any plans of porting it to the windows 8 phone?
Thanks. Glad you like it. No plans for Windows 8 Phone at the moment, but if the demand was significant I would consider it.

Martin

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Re: Home Controller for Windows 8
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2013, 12:30:19 pm »
Martin - works well with my Acer W700 tablet! Graphics are a little plane jane but it definitely does the job! I was amazed how quickly if found my system. I opened it up and BLAM there were all my devices. If you were to develop some like the SQ remote I would definitely buy it!
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Re: Home Controller for Windows 8
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2013, 01:26:27 pm »
Martin - works well with my Acer W700 tablet! Graphics are a little plane jane but it definitely does the job! I was amazed how quickly if found my system. I opened it up and BLAM there were all my devices. If you were to develop some like the SQ remote I would definitely buy it!
Thanks, I'm glad you like it. And thanks for the feedback on the graphics. The overall theme of Windows 8 is pretty flat in general, but I'll have a think about how I can make it sexier without jarring with the rest of the OS.

Martin

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Re: Home Controller for Windows 8
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2013, 02:24:54 am »
I tried it on my Samsung Ativ Tab (WinRT) and it started right up, found Vera, and showed devices correctly.
Even the camera and PTZ worked.

The only thing that didn't show up was the Alarm panel and motion detectors.

Looks pretty good!


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Re: Home Controller for Windows 8
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2013, 06:03:28 am »
I tried it on my Samsung Ativ Tab (WinRT) and it started right up, found Vera, and showed devices correctly.
Even the camera and PTZ worked.

The only thing that didn't show up was the Alarm panel and motion detectors.

Looks pretty good!
Thanks GroundLoop, glad you like it.

By motion detectors, I guess you mean what Mios call a security sensor - i.e. something that you arm and it is highlighted when it trips. Is that right? If so that is almost certainly something I could add.

With the alarm panel though, what are  you referring to? Is it a plugin?

Thanks

Martin

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Re: Home Controller for Windows 8
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2013, 06:06:59 am »
Version 2 of Home Controller just got released in the Windows Store yesterday. Version 2 brings the ability to re-order all devices and scenes within a room, and to hide ones you don't want to use, and also to re-order and hide/show rooms. This helps you build exactly the layout that you want, unconstrained by what the layout is on your vera. Existing users should get the update through the app store, and new users will automatically pick up the new version.

Martin

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Re: Home Controller for Windows 8
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2013, 10:36:09 pm »
This is an excellent one...I am using it and works smooth.... ;D

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Re: Home Controller for Windows 8
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2013, 11:45:39 am »
Just Downloaded it and automatically configured.  Super Easy. 

I like the reordering and the ability to Display or Hide. Maybe in the future some optional graphics/icon choices.

Looking at the new All-In-One's as well as building the Intel Cap systems as a Windows 8 touchscreen solution for the Vera's.

Now with AuthomationHD, SQ Remote HD and Home Controller I might have my bases covered for each OS in my HA system.

Nice addition.

Mark
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Re: Home Controller for Windows 8
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2013, 11:55:45 am »
Thanks for the feedback Mark. Do you mean the ability to choose your own image file for each icon? I like that idea - it's great for people who want to create a very specific icon for something.

Martin

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Re: Home Controller for Windows 8
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2013, 01:27:54 pm »
Yes, but more a "Style" Set or Group rather than  individual graphics  for each "selection", IMHO. Also, maybe size might be a configurable parameter (e.g.  Small, medium, large, etc.)

My vision for Windows 8 systems like "All-in-One" or Touchscreen displays, you could configure for more or less tiles (icons) per screen.  I really like how Garrettwp's AuthomationHD allows for compact and larger tiles. 

I tested the trial for about 5 minutes and then purchased the Home Controller App.  I feel that it provides a nice convenient interface for my HTPC's located throughout my house.  I noticed a couple of issues with ordering and refreshing. I'll have to go back and locate the appropriate site for "feedback".  I will continue to provide feedback as I continue to work with the software. I am overall positive about your App.

I currently use numerous Android and iOS devices (Smartphones and Tablets) and Windows 7 and 8 HTPC's in my HA system.  I think that at some point a Windows phone App might be a good consideration, from a market standpoint.

Keep up the good work.

Mark
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